Thursday, October 18, 2007

Oldest Human Footprints Opened to Public
Anyone visiting southern Italy can now literally follow in the footsteps of some of our earliest ancestors.

Footprints made between 325,000 and 385,000 years ago on the slopes of an extinct volcano near Roccamonfina, north of Naples, have been restored and opened to the public.

Long known by the local population as "ciampate del diavolo," or "devil's trails," the prints were identified in 2003 when two amateur archaeologists discovered the tracks, which spread for about a square mile. The archaeologists reported the find to Paolo Mietto of the University of Padua, and his colleagues.

Short video there on something else, too.